A call for donations of knitted or crocheted woollen clothing for the babies of Palmerston North Hospital’s maternity ward has produced an amazing response from local communities.
The donations have come flooding in, with one anonymous donator purchasing three woollen blankets and eight balls of merino wool to assist the cause, while groups such as the Pahiatua Spinners Club have made the maternity ward one of their ongoing projects.
Midwife Kelly Fage, who has been coordinating the donations, has had about 50 phone calls with offers of wool, knitted clothing, and people who are keen to get crafty for the babies.
She said: “When this appeal first went out to the public, I was amazed at the response. The generosity shown by those in our communities has been incredible, and donations continue to come in. All the staff in the ward just want to say thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and money.”
“The staff and new parents are very appreciative of all the donations, and it’s very helpful to have people offer ongoing support. As infection control procedures mean that the clothing can’t be reused for others, the clothing items go home with the baby; so ongoing donations are very welcome, especially singlets, blankets, beanies, cardigans, and booties, in that order of importance.”
Woollen clothing is needed, as babies are born without the ability to regulate body temperature, which in a worst case scenario can lead to hypothermia and admission to the Neonatal Unit. Wool is the warmest and safest material for newborns and can help prevent the babies’ temperature from dropping too low, but it is often too hard access for many mothers.
Due to the number of donations, the Maternity Resource Centre has taken over receiving donations. These can be dropped in to the centre at 568 Ferguson Street, or you can ring Corrine on (06) 355 5230 for more information
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945